Congress has given the EPA a mandate to perform a full investigation of the practice of using ground water mixed with chemicals to release oil or natural gas, known as fracking, from drill sites.
The main concern with this process is its possible chemical contamination of ground water and the problem of proper disposal of waste-water. The EPA will be focusing their study only on the effect fracking has on drinking water and expects to have a plan in place by March 7-8 of this year.
Though there has yet to be a conclusive study that shows fracking has contaminated drinking water there have been more than 1,000 reports of contamination where drilling is the suspected culprit. Read More
Drinking filtered water may help reduce the risk of cancer. A report released by the President's Cancer Panel highlights how the risk from carcinogens and endocrine-disrupting chemicals can be reduced by filtering your drinking water. The report also advises that unless there is a known chemical contamination present in your water, it is actually better to drink filtered tap water than to purchase and drink bottled water.
Filtered tap water is also the only form of drinking water that receives an "A" grade from the Environmental Working Group (EWG). The EWG conducted an 18 month study of water quality comparing bottled and filtered water and found that filtered tap water is much better than bottled water and unfiltered tap water. Read More
Recent testing of 35 cities across the country has revealed that at least 31 of those cities could have elevated levels of the contaminant hexavalent chromium, also known as Chromium-6. More information on the report can be found in this CNN article.
Reports have indicated that simply drinking bottled water will not safeguard against ingesting chromium-6 as many bottled water companies use municipal water supplies to fill their bottles. Filtering tap water is also not guaranteed to reduce chromium-6 unless you are using a system that is certified to reduce chromium. Many reverse osmosis systems can reduce chromium-6 as well as a variety of other contaminants from drinking water. Read More
An effort to disinfect the water in the D.C. area may have contaminated as many as 15,000 homes. The disinfectant caused corrosion in lead pipes that leached into the water supply. The CDC has concluded that many homes may still be at risk of elevated levels of lead contamination.
For more information you can find the full report here.
Many older homes may still use lead pipes for the water supply and this can increase the risk of lead contamination. In some cases the visible piping in the home may be made of PVC or copper, but the service lines that lead to the house may be lead. Read More
At this point most people know there are trace levels of a
variety of contaminants present in their drinking water. The quality of our
water is adversely affected by pollutants and pesticides from factories and farms
as well as naturally occurring contaminants. Contaminated water is not a new
problem, but scientists are starting to discover another link in the chain of
chemicals found in our drinking water, prescription drugs.
This time, though, it is not the fault of a big bad corporation
polluting our water. The traces of pharmaceuticals found in water sources
downstream from sewage treatment plants seems to indicate that many people are
flushing away their expired and unneeded medications. Read More
Let’s face it, we have to have water to survive, but where
should we go to find safe, clean, great tasting drinking water? I read an article in the Washington Post that
does a really good job of highlighting this dilemma and also offers some water
quality facts that everyone should know. I highly recommend it to anyone who
wants to get a better picture of the water quality issues we face.
To start with what options do we have? Fortunately most of
us have access to some form of reliable water supply; unfortunately this same water
source most likely contains contaminants of some variety. Read More
Warnings have been issued to boil water before using it for drinking or cooking due to flooding in parts of Massachusetts and Tennessee.
Please be sure to follow appropriate safety procedures if you live in an area where your drinking water has become contaminated. Here are some helpful tips to follow…
- There may be unknown contaminants in water that may or may
not be on list of impurities removed by an installed filter. Fridge
filters do not remove minerals, for example.
Immediately turn off water connection to fridge
- Replace all filters (faucet, fridge) that were installed when water went bad, after 'all clear' is given.
A lot of attention has been given to the many issues surrounding bottled water. Two of the biggest concerns that have come forward are the environmental impact of disposing of so many plastic water bottles and also the quality of your drinking water. Studies have shown that a very low percentage of plastic water bottles are actually recycled resulting in a great deal of waste. In addition, many companies do not perform any extra steps to treat and purify your drinking water and are simply filling plastic bottles from a municipal water source.
If those reasons are not enough to convince you to look for other sources for safe, great tasting drinking water, here is one more: cost. Read More
The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention have created a new website dedicated to the safety of our drinking water.
Topics discussed include:
- Public Water Systems
- Private Water Systems
- Water Flouridation
- Camping, Hiking, Travel
- Bottled Water
From the site:
Whether you receive your drinking water from the tap, via
commercially-bottled water, or through a personal filtration device, it
is important to know where your water comes from, how it has been
treated, and whether it is safe to drink!
CDC Drinking Water Home Page: http://www.cdc.gov/healthywater/drinking/index.html Read More
PlentyMag.com has a nice article touting the benefits of switching from bottled water back to filtered tap water. Also contains links to so good resources including the EPA's Safe Water site.